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Catamaran journey through the Northwest Passage

It's been called "the Arctic Grail." For centuries, European explorers were obsessed with the quest for a route around North America to the Orient. Norway's Roald Amundsen finally conquered the Northwest Passage in 1906. But long Arctic winters meant the route couldn't be exploited commercially. Global warming could change all that by melting the ice and making the passage a key shipping route. But as this happens, the controversial question of sovereignty becomes increasingly important. Does the Northwest Passage belong to Canada or the world?

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Aboard his catamaran, Jeff MacInnis talks to Midday on his way across the Northwest Passage.
Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: July 21, 1988
Guest(s): Jeffrey MacInnis
Host: Peter Downie
Duration: 7:08

Last updated: April 9, 2013

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